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Like what you see at #SaferToBeMe?
Time to book your tickets!

Our #SaferToBeMe programme pack is still in development and will be coming soon. It will be emailed to all people who have secured and booked any of our tickets. It will also be available to download on this page closer to the date.

We expect the tickets to sell out fast, so do not hesitate! If you do not get a ticket, do not worry, we will have a waiting list via the ticket link, and we will contact you as soon as possible. 

Questions and answers

Is #SaferToBeMe free?

It is! Tickets to all events, both face-to-face and online, are free. Though we do operate a 'pay what you can' model so if you can make a contribution to any of it, the money will go back to ReportOUT to help us to report, inform and defend the human rights of sexual and gender minorities.


Do you have any special deals for accommodation?

We do! The Holiday Inn in city centre Sunderland have offered a special 10% discount on room bookings if you use the code 'ReportOUT' when booking your hotel rooms.

Are the buildings accessible?

Yes, all University of Sunderland buildings are accessible. On the main day of the #SaferToBeMe Symposium at Hope Street Exchange, we also have a smaller quiet room for people who are neurodivergent and who may need to take some time out. Please ask at the reception for this. A room is also available for people who may need to breastfeed. Hope Street Exchange also has a mobile hearing loop. If you need this, please do tell us when booking tickets.

I cannot afford to get there to attend, do you have any scholarships?

We have very limited numbers of scholarships for some speakers and attendees, as we are running this event with a small budget. Please contact to see if we have any available. Do not forget, we also have our online satellite events where you can join on Zoom from home, and for our main day Symposium you will also be able to join online via Zoom.

Are both the launch events and evening film and panel talk also able to be joined online?

Sadly not. We do not have the capacity to do this, and the film hosted online may breach copyright laws. 

I need a letter of support for my visa to travel there, do you supply one?

We can! We have a letter which will cover your time at the Symposium. Please contact for this.

Will there be opportunities for mixers and socials?

Yes! After the launch event and the night before the event, we hope to host an informal mixer for people to get to know each other. The launch event is a good place to start though, but a more informal mixer event will also be held the night before. We encourage people to make friends and networks at all of our events. This will be announced in our upcoming programme.

Is Sunderland easy to get to?

It is! More details of travel to Sunderland, including things that you can do when you are here in the beautiful North East of England, can be found by downloading our programme below.

I am press and I would like to cover this event or speak to someone about #SaferToBeMe!

Great, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us at

Times, locations and tickets. Please see map below for locations

Launch Event: 20th June from 18:00-20:00pm at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland.

Online Satellite Events: Various, please go to our page for the times and dates of each event.

Main Day: 22nd June from 08:15-17:30 at Hope Street Exchange, City Campus, University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

Evening Event: 22nd June from 19:30-22:00 at Murray Library at City Campus, University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

Our Sponsors, Partners and Funders


Ability Consultants

Ability Consultants offer affordable solutions to third sector organisations focussed in Fundraising and Income Generation. We also offer Bid Writing, Strategic Planning, Senior Management Consultancy, Project Management and training. Julie, Executive Assistant of Ability Consultants said “We are delighted to be part of this powerful and meaningful event. Although a small company, as a socially conscious organisation we stand by and advocate for the human rights of people across the globe.”


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James Woolford

I’m James, I live in Sunderland and have many years experience in design for web, digital and print, along with 17 years experience I hold a BA Honors Degree in Graphics Communication & Design. Bespoke Design, Hassle Free, Customer Friendly.


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Ability Events

Ability Events Limited was set up to specialise in third sector events who often don’t have the expertise or resources to deliver an event. We work very closely with all of our customers to deliver an event that exceeds their expectations. We have built our reputation through word of mouth and recommendations.

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Holiday Inn

At Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts® we pride ourselves in delivering warm and welcoming experiences for guests staying for business or pleasure. We are happy to be able to offer a 10% discount to accommodation for the here at the Holiday Inn Sunderland. Guests will need to contact the hotel directly to book, simply quote ‘ReportOUT’ to take advantage of the discount. 

Please Contact us on +44 191 7070900 or Email:


DID Consultants

Established in September 2021, DID Consultants is a Management Consultancy serving a wide range of charities in the North East. With over a decades worth of experience in the sector we are passionate about making a positive change in the organisation that provide positive social impact.


Darren, Director of DID Consultants said “As a local organisation we are delighted this event is taking place right here on our doorstep in Sunderland. The rights of LGBTQIA+ people across the world are hugely important in ensuring they are protected and I have been impressed with the work that ReportOUT delivers. As a trustee of two UK LGBTQIA Charities I am proud to be supporting the symposium and hope this raises visibility of LGBTQIA+ communities on the international stage and right here in the UK.”



Northumberland Pride

Northumberland Pride serves the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender Plus (LGBT+) community living, working and visiting the County of Northumberland and beyond. Established in August 2017, our organisation was set up to raise awareness of LGBT+ culture and heritage. We achieve this by promoting equality and diversity for the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

In 2018 we held Northumberland’s first ever 7 days of pride which ended in a spectacular celebration of LGBT+ life at our main Pride Festival. Now in our fifth year we are seeing attendance figures increasing year on year to a staggering 10,000 members of the LGBT+ community, our allies, companies and local communities attend our events. Our journey has continued to evolve and we now support the community 365 days a year by offering specific support services to the community and reach a further 12,000 people through the delivery of our services.

What makes us different?

Typically, most people associate ‘Pride’ organisations with a one-off Pride Festival and whilst this is an important part of our delivery, we are so much more than a one-day festival. We support LGBT+ communities across the county 365 days a year, many of whom are at a disadvantage to accessing LGBT+ support services due to the lack of provision over the vast and rural area of Northumberland.

We support these vulnerable LGBT+ people with domestic abuse and sexual violence, financial inclusion, one to one counselling, community integration, victims of crime, sexual health advice, physical activity, social isolation, educational skills and a wide range of mental health & wellbeing issues.




SunGen is Sunderland University's interdisciplinary network for academics and postgraduate who have an interest in researching gender and sexuality. The network provides a space where issues of gender and sexuality can be debated from an academic point of view, and encourages interested members to publish their work. So far, we have three edited collections that include contributions by experienced researchers as well as those who are new to publishing.  We also organise conferences and awareness raising events, and SunGen is partnered with Sunderland Culture in the Rebel Women project.

Sunderland Business Improvement District

Sunderland Business Improvement District is a business-led, working partnership with one clear vision – to create a vibrant city centre and opportunities for everyone. Since 2014, the BID has invested more than £3m into the city centre and with the support of our business owners, stakeholders and key partners, the BID has developed a relevant and achievable plan for the future.

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